Sunday, October 21, 2012

Bollywood slippers

I realize my last post may have mislead you: I ate that food, but did not cook it.

However, I have two secrets:
- I'm lazy,
- I dream of coming home and find everything ready for the next day.

Since I can't afford my very own butler, I have to cheat: I prepare most of my food during the weekend, so that I can crab a ready dish from the fridge whenever I need one. Sure, I could buy ready food, but I don't like that. I prefer to buy my raw food and prepare my meal myself.
My trip of last weekend, and the last posts by Nikkipolani have been a great inspiration for this weekend. 

Here is a potimarron. With curry, cucurma, sultanas, cashew, shallots, wheat-floor, and Philadelphia.
The recipe comes from a book by Clea, dedicated to potimarron. A must-have in my opinion.

First cook the minced shallots and potimarron with curry for 5 minutes. Then add the Philadelphia (about 3 spoons), curcuma, cashew and sultanas, and mix well.
In the meantime, prepare the dough with 150 g flour, curcuma, enough oil and water to make is handable.
Roll it flat and cut 4 "rectangles". Wrap 1/4 of the potimarron mixture with each rectangle. In French, the result is a "chausson"=slipper... Cook for about 45 minutes in the oven.That's it:
Sincethe oven was still hot, I baked an apple cake. With corn flour. The recipe called for butter and sugar.
I used the rest of Philadelphia instead, and some honey. Although I've a sweet tooth, I often find that there is too much sugar. So I used only a small amount of honey.
I mixed all the above with three eggs. Then added the minced apple, and cooked it for 30 minutes.

I like cooking in one shot. I'm less likely to forget the vegetables in the fridge, minimize the washing up and optimize the oven heating. The drawback is the wonderful smells that invade the house. Difficult not to overeat on Sundays :-). Quite often, I finish cooking just in time to watch a TV show dedicated to French food. It lasts about 20 minutes, the man takes us to restaurants, big ones or tiny ones, throughout France. And he speaks so well of food that you can actually smell it! I'm talking foie gras, bread, cheese, wine, barbecues, etc... He makes me even more starving!

I hope you are enjoying your weekend. Take care!


startare said...

miam miam! le potimarron, c'est génial, je confirme.

georgia little pea said...

That is just a wonderful weekend ritual, Vero! I do this too, cooking en masse and freezing for the week... but for Georgia! So the potimarron is a melon/squash of some kind? I have never heard of it before. Have a great week X

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Stop that. You are making me hungry.

nikkipolani said...

Yes, I agree -- it's a nice idea to buy ready-made food, but it just doesn't taste the same as home-made. Your recipe looks very intriguing. I'm going to take a closer look ;-) I do not have a sweet tooth and find that most sweets are too much for me. So it's nice you can adjust foods to your own liking.

Thanks for the recipes!

neki desu said...

yummmm.i am at present addicted to pumpkin soup. this one sounds like a nice addition to the pumpkin repertoire.

Bassetmomma said...

Oh that just looks delicious!! A potimarron looks like a type of squash.

Rosemary said...

Love the idea of cooking on one day and use up all week